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August 10, 1907

Taxing Hospitals.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(6):508. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530060058010

New York City, July 29, 1907.

To the Editor:  —May I call attention to a possible blessing which the people of Illinois may receive from the recent decision of the courts in that state, that hospitals receiving pay patients are taxable? Will it not advance the cause of deserving medical charities and do much to make the able-to-pay patient realize that free medical attendance is as much a charity as a free bed or a free meal? Conditions may be different in Chicago, but in New York City many are unabashed at applying for free treatment at the hospital where many pay patients are treated, and yet would be ashamed to go to Bellevue, which is known to be only a charitable institution. Likewise, many who would not send their servants or clerks to Bellevue (or at least, would not wish it known they had done so), will unhesitatingly send

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